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JACKASS 2.5

Review by Michael Jacobson

Stars:  Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey
Director:  Jeff Tremaine
Audio:  Dolby Stereo
Video:  Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Studio:  Paramount
Features:  See Review
Length:  64 Minutes
Release Date:  December 26, 2007

“This is the worst day of my life.”

Film *

When those crazy Jackasses made Number Two, they shot a lot of footage...more than made it into the final movie.  And apparently, even more than made it into the unrated DVD edition.  No, there was plenty left on the cutting room floor.

That footage has found its way into Jackass 2.5, and if nothing else, it shows the boys’ instincts were initially right on what to cut and what to keep.  There’s a reason these clips didn’t make it in.  Most of them don’t work.  At any rate, it ain’t like seeing the missing footage from The Magnificent Ambersons or something.

The film clocks in at a little over an hour, and is comprised of said bombed footage, along with cast and director interviews explaining why these bits didn’t make it in.  For the most part, it’s self-explanatory.  The only amusing part involves large Preston Lacy as King Kong, fighting off remote controlled planes while atop a port-a-potty.

Other bits?  Well, Ehren McGhehey gets to lie on a rusty bed of nails while cobras are charmed on his body.  Bam flies a kite out of his butt with the help of some anal beads.  Wee Man douses some unsuspecting friends with pee.  Johnny Knoxville gets his prostate manually stimulated.  Steve-O barfs a lot.  And man, I tell you, I saw more male genitalia in this film that I ever wanted to see in one…well, ever.

Even if you’re a Jackass, you can’t expect to make a quality film out of all the bits that were scrapped.  One in particular was deemed a failure by everyone, but here it is anyway:  Steve-O and Chris Pontius hanging out with some creepy Indian tribesmen who like to mutilate themselves and drink their own urine.  Yikes.

I mean, even the Cajun Obstacle Course was too much.  Let’s see, they run through alligators, under barbed wire, dodge paintballs, squiggle in pig poop, and end up drinking tobacco spit.  And Steve-O barfs a lot.  Or did we cover that?

Video **

Shot on video and presented in anamorphic widescreen, the footage looks about par for the course for Jackass offerings.  Clean enough, and clear enough, but nothing that reaches out and grabs you.  Ooh, just saying that gives me some bad flashbacks…

Audio **

We only get a stereo mix this time around, but it’s perfectly serviceable…a fair amount of dynamic range is present, especially with all the screaming.

Features **

The extras are mostly rehashed…there’s a making-of featurette, which is kind of covered in the actual movie, and yes, even MORE bits that weren’t included, plus a look at the game version of Jackass and a photo gallery.  There are no chapter selections, for better or worse.

Summary:

Jackass 2.5 is about .4 too much.  Trust your guts, guys…if the bits don’t pass the smell test the first time (ooh, another bad flashback), then leave them alone.

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